Volume 3 - Issue 3  



December 14, 2012

Intima Ecclesiae natura (The Church’s Deepest Nature)
De Caritate Ministranda (Service of Charity)


The Church’s deepest nature is expressed in her three-fold responsibility: of proclaiming the word of God (kerygma-martyria), celebrating the sacraments (leitourgia) and exercising the ministry of charity (diakonia). These duties presuppose each other and are inseparable” (Deus Caritas Est, 25).

The service of charity is also a constitutive element of the Church’s mission and an indispensable expression of her very being (cf. ibid.); all the faithful have the
right and duty to devote themselves personally to living the new commandment that Christ left us (cf. Jn 15:12), and to offering our contemporaries not only material assistance, but also refreshment and care for their souls (cf. Deus Caritas Est, 28). The Church is also called as a whole to the exercise of the diakonia of charity, whether in the small communities of particular Churches or on the level of the universal Church. This requires organization “if it is to be an ordered service to the community” (cf. ibid., 20), an organization which entails a variety of institutional expressions.

With regard to this diakonia of charity, in my Encyclical Deus Caritas Est I pointed out that “in conformity with the episcopal structure of the Church, the Bishops, as successors of the Apostles, are charged with ...

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Catholic Schools: Indispensable Instruments of the New Evangelization
(Presented at the O'Meara Ferguson Symposium, February 8, 2012)

I would like to say, first of all, that I count it a great blessing to be with all of you today. I want especially to thank my brother bishop(s), my brother priests, diocesan school administrators, the staff of O’Meara Ferguson, who organized this very significant symposium, and all of you here present who desire so ardently and work so diligently for the flourishing of Catholic schools here in the United States.

Some of my own most satisfying years as a priest have been those I spent as a teacher at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and at the Gregorian University in Rome during the 1980s and 1990s. I know from this experience, as do all of you who are teachers, the great truth contained in the well-known motto of Blessed John Henry Newman, “Cor ad cor loquitur,” or “Heart speaks to heart.” Just one way of summarizing my aim for this presentation is to say that I would like to speak about what needs to live in our hearts as educators and leaders of Catholic education and how urgent it is that we make the very best use possible of our Catholic schools, so that we might faithfully and effectively communicate the wisdom and virtue alive in our hearts to the hearts of our students ...read the full article
Good Steward Newsletter – December 2012
Advent’s Three
Stages of Longing

Bishop Robert F. Morneau, a pastor, poet and ardent Green Bay Packers’ fan, writes in the December issue of Give Us This Day: Daily Prayer for Today’s Catholic, “Advent celebrates God’s multiple comings into our lives.” The bishop then identifies Advent’s three stages: 1) Jesus’ historic birth in Bethlehem, 2) his daily coming in the sacramental life of the Church, and 3) the Lord’s final coming in glory and majesty at the end of time. The season of Advent celebrates all three “comings” by giving voice in prayer and in song to the spiritual desire, or longing, that precedes each stage of the Lord’s advent or coming ...

The first stage of Advent is filled with  ...

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What 'The Economist' Meant to Say …
“Earthly Concerns,” an August 18th article in The Economist on Catholic Church finances, sharply criticizes the Church’s management of her temporal resources in the wake of the sexual abuse scandal.
The criticism is made along three lines: Firstly, the Church does not manage her financial affairs well; secondly, she is irresponsible with regard to accounting and transparency; and finally, the U.S. taxpayer is largely and unwittingly paying for the Church’s sexual abuse settlements. These three theses appear as questions that The Economist wishes to investigate, but instead are made as assertions with questionable supporting data. At their base these questions appear to be a call for reformation or improvement in the care of the Church’s assets. However, in reading the article it becomes clear that The Economist does not understand the Church per se, so the intention of reform is not served by the article.

Of course, The Economist questions the Church from a corporate view of the world, not from the framework by which the Church herself makes decisions. What makes the Church impactful to society is not her economic prowess but the activity of the people of God geared toward building a more just society as the Church proclaims the gospel to all nations. The Pope does not serve as the CEO of a corporation ...

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The New Evangelization in a Parochial Setting:
The Role of Catholic Schools, Technology, and Financial Strategies
O’Meara, Ferguson, Whelan, and Conway is again gathering together some of the Church’s most influential practitioners and brightest minds for our Fifth Annual Symposium. We will discuss how integrating finance, development, planning and operations can serve the New Evangelization and further advance the Church’s apostolic mission.

 • March 5-7, 2013 – San Jose, California
 • Click here to register and for additional information.

Special Track for CFOs
This year’s Symposium will feature an additional “CFO Track” which will take place on the afternoon and evening of Thursday, March 7.
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